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2001: A Space Odyssey Lit Elements
Transcript of 2001: A Space Odyssey Lit Elements
4th Period The repitition of
letter sounds on the
stressed syllable of
words. Simile "Presently the man-apes began to move forward, like sleepwalkers, toward the source of that compulsive sound." (20) "He did not move from his position, but his body lost its trancelike rigidity and became animated as if it were a puppet controlled by invisible strings." (21) Comparing two things using like or as. Personification Onomatopoeia "A few seconds later, there were bangings and bumpings from outside, followed by the sound of hissing air as connections were made and pressure was equalized." (64) "A small bus with an extension tube like a stubby elephant trunk was now nuzzling affectionately up against the spacecraft." (64) Allusion "Then he waited, marshaling his thoughts and brooding over his still untested powers. For though he was master of the world, he was not quite sure what to do next."(221) "The Eye of Japetus had blinked, as if to remove an irritating speck of dust." (191) lending a human quality, emotion or ambition to a non-human object or being. "He knew—or believed he knew—that he was watching the operation of some gigantic mind, contemplating the universe of which he was so tiny a part." (215) Foreshadowing "They could never guess that their minds were being probed, their bodies mapped, their reactions studied, their potentials evaluated." (21) Stream of Conciousness ". . . Yes, there's something ahead, just where I calculated. It's coming
up over the horizon— and so is Saturn, in almost the same quarter of the
sky—I'll move to the telescope. . . . Hello! It looks like some kind of building—completely black—quite hard to see. No windows or any
other features. Just a big, vertical slab—it must be at least a mile
high to be visible from this distance. It reminds me—of course!
It's just like the thing you found on the Moon!
This is TMA-1's big brother!" (183) Litotes Hal spoke. "Too bad about Frank, isn't it?" "Yes," Bowman answered, after a long pause. "It is."
"I suppose you're pretty broken up about it?"
"What do you expect?" (143) An understatement. Words associated with sounds An indirect reference An indirect reference The indication of a future event. The random flow of a characters thoughts. Imagery "The space pod was resting on the polished floor of an elegant, anonymous hotel suite that might have been in any large city on Earth. He was staring into a living room with a coffee table, a divan, a dozen chairs, a writing desk, various lamps, a half- filled bookcase with some magazines lying on it, and even a bowl of flowers. Van Gogh's Bridge at Arles was hanging on one wall—Wyeth's Christina's World on another. He felt confident that when he pulled open the drawer of that desk, he would find a Gideon Bible inside it. . . ." (208) Visually descriptive, figurative language. Irony "Without those weapons, often though he had used them against himself, Man would never have conquered his world. Into them he had put his heart and soul, and for ages they had served
him well. But now, as long as they existed, he was living on borrowed time." (37) An outcome of events contrary to what was, or might have been, expected.